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Chapter 1: Beyond the Changing

AUM
That is the Whole.
This is the Whole.
From wholeness emerges wholeness.
Wholeness coming from wholeness,
wholeness still remains.

At the heart of this phenomenal world,
within all its changing forms,
dwells the unchanging Lord.
So, go beyond the changing,
and, enjoying the inner,
cease to take for yourself
what to others are riches.

Continuing to act in the world,
one may aspire to be one hundred.
Thus, and only thus, can a man be free
from the binding influence of action.

Unillumined indeed are those worlds clouded
by the blinding darkness of ignorance.
Into this death sink all those who slay the Self.

AUM
Purnamadah
Purnamidam
Purnat purnamudachyate
Purnasya purnamadaya
Purnameva vashishyate.

AUM
That is the Whole.
This is the Whole.
From wholeness emerges wholeness.
Wholeness coming from wholeness,
wholeness still remains.

We are entering today into one of the most enchanting and mysterious worlds - that of the Upanishads. The days of the Upanishads were the highest as far as the spiritual quest is concerned. Never before and never afterwards has human consciousness achieved such Himalayan heights.

The days of the Upanishads were really golden, for many reasons. The most important of them is contained in this seed mantra:

AUM
Purnamadah
Purnamidam
Purnat purnamudachyate
Purnasya purnamadaya
Purnameva vashishyate

The emphasis of the Upanishads is on wholeness. Remember, it is not on perfection but on wholeness. The moment one becomes interested in being perfect, the ego enters in. The ego is a perfectionist - the desire of the ego is to be perfect - and perfection drives humanity towards insanity.

Wholeness is totally different; its flavor is different. Perfection is in the future: it is a desire. Wholeness is herenow: it is a revelation. Perfection has to be achieved, and of course every achievement takes time; it has to be gradual. You have to sacrifice the present for the future, the today for the tomorrow. And the tomorrow never comes; what comes is always today.

Existence knows nothing of future and nothing of past; it knows only the present. Now is the only time and here the only space. The moment you go astray from now and here you are going to end into some kind of madness. You will fall into fragments; your life will become a hell. You will be torn apart: the past will pull a part of you towards itself and the future the other part. You will become schizophrenic, split, divided. Your life will be only a deep anguish, a trembling, an anxiety, a tension. You will not know anything of bliss, you will not know anything of ecstasy because the past exists not.

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